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On my way from 60 pounds overweight to normal!
« on: Thu Dec 15, 2011 - 08:14:27 »
I'm just under 5' 7", and I was up to 203 lbs a few months ago.  Thank the Lord, I'm at 171 today!  And on my way to 145 or so.  I'm just counting my daily calories and fat, and doing a little walking once a week.  I can't push too hard, because I've gotten very sick, multiple times, by trying to do too much weight loss too fast.  (That seems to make my immune system completely crash, and then I get a cold or flu for 2 entire months!) So, I am praying for patience, as a slow rate of losing weight (about 1 pound per week) is the only way I can do it and stay healthy.  My wife is normal weight, and I intend to match her.  She's gorgeous, and I'm not -- but I can at least lose my extra weight for her.  (I made the decision totally on my own -- she is very accepting of whatever weight I've been at.)




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Re: On my way from 60 pounds overweight to normal!
« Reply #1 on: Fri Dec 16, 2011 - 10:27:29 »
I'm just under 5' 7", and I was up to 203 lbs a few months ago.  Thank the Lord, I'm at 171 today!  And on my way to 145 or so.  I'm just counting my daily calories and fat, and doing a little walking once a week.  I can't push too hard, because I've gotten very sick, multiple times, by trying to do too much weight loss too fast.  (That seems to make my immune system completely crash, and then I get a cold or flu for 2 entire months!) So, I am praying for patience, as a slow rate of losing weight (about 1 pound per week) is the only way I can do it and stay healthy.  My wife is normal weight, and I intend to match her.  She's gorgeous, and I'm not -- but I can at least lose my extra weight for her.  (I made the decision totally on my own -- she is very accepting of whatever weight I've been at.)

Nice work sir!  ::applause::

And we gotta stay away from all the holiday junk food.  ::frown::

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Re: On my way from 60 pounds overweight to normal!
« Reply #2 on: Fri Dec 16, 2011 - 12:34:20 »

And we gotta stay away from all the holiday junk food.  ::frown::

I know... I just, two days ago, had to refuse a feast that everyone else in my office was eating.   ::frown::
It was a barbecue -- but I only ate a little potato salad and some beans.  By the time the meat was ready, my calorie count was already maxed out.  But in hindsight of course I'm glad I resisted.   ::smile::

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« Reply #3 on: Fri Dec 16, 2011 - 15:36:31 »
^I've found that the hardest thing about maintaining weight (at least for a while) has been getting used to declining food offered to me. It seems rude, but when I know a greasy bratwurst is going to be eating ME in the long run, I try to politely decline.  ::shrug::

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« Reply #4 on: Fri Dec 16, 2011 - 15:45:51 »
Congratulations!

I still have some pounds left over from baby 3 years ago. My husband actually prefers me chunky! He calls skinny girls dry! lol but he knows I want to lose it so he gave me incentive, $5,000 in cosmetic surgery if I can maintain my goal for 2 weeks.

Do you have a special treat for yourself when you reach your goal?

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Re: On my way from 60 pounds overweight to normal!
« Reply #5 on: Fri Dec 16, 2011 - 16:31:58 »
Do you have a special treat for yourself when you reach your goal?

Actually, yes: the ceasing of people staring at my wife and me like I'm a total creep.  I'm a "fat" (hey, I live in Dallas -- that's what they call a little overweight here  ??? ) 32-year-old guy with a skinny 23-year-old wife who happens to look 14. I love her and she loves me, so screw anyone who wags their finger at us.  We've been together for almost 4 years, and are extremely happy in our marriage.  Her family likes me a lot, too.

But also, my incentive is more of what I'm already feeling: feeling "tighter and lighter".  It's great -- I've been overweight for a decade, so I'm really excited to see my face again -- without the padded cheeks.  ::giggle::

I've been making a collage of my face as it loses weight, and tonight it's time for me to take the 3rd picture.  (I take a pic every 15 pounds I lose.) I guess I'll add it to my opening post.
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« Reply #6 on: Fri Dec 16, 2011 - 17:09:16 »
 rofl Creep!

Don't forget about all the new clothes you'll need!

I know what you mean about the fat face! lol! I don't like that about myself either, I have this lump on the back of my neck, my husband calls it quasi! I call it my grease trap, it's really weird that I store fat back there, so I don't wear my hair pulled up in public. I'm not even that over weight, only 20lbs from my goal. I had quasi checked by a doctor, just fat.

Do you have a funky fat storage place too? rofl

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« Reply #7 on: Fri Dec 16, 2011 - 18:32:27 »
rofl Creep!

Don't forget about all the new clothes you'll need!

I know what you mean about the fat face! lol! I don't like that about myself either, I have this lump on the back of my neck, my husband calls it quasi! I call it my grease trap, it's really weird that I store fat back there, so I don't wear my hair pulled up in public. I'm not even that over weight, only 20lbs from my goal. I had quasi checked by a doctor, just fat.

Do you have a funky fat storage place too? rofl

Well, here's the thing: I had just bought my new, much-smaller jeans to replace my falling-apart baggy jeans, when those jeans' zipper finally popped.  So, now, I'm cramming myself in these little jeans, and trying to lose weight as fast as is safe in order to be more comfortable!  And no, I just store fat proportionally all over.  Weird about the quasi.

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Re: On my way from 60 pounds overweight to normal!
« Reply #8 on: Fri Dec 16, 2011 - 20:31:27 »
Very cool Musician_for_God!

I had a friend who lost a lot of weight a few years ago and he did what you're doing except he did a low carb type of thing. If there was some kind of physical activity that you liked that got you moving a lot like racketball or basketball, that'd help a lot. Of course, since you're married, there's a certain kind of exercise that you and your wife can do together that burns quite a bit of calories when done right. ;)

Anyway, congrats on using self discipline to take care of God's temple!

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Re: On my way from 60 pounds overweight to normal!
« Reply #9 on: Fri Dec 30, 2011 - 10:07:09 »

Do you have a funky fat storage place too? rofl

I said I don't have such a place, and it's true, unless you would count the place where bascially all males store their fat the most: the belly.  I was "9 months pregnant" in visual size, and now I'm down to about 5.  I hope and plan to completely abort it.  ::giggle::  I think I do have a little more belly-fat storage than most men -- it's quite rotund, and I dislike that.  But, gradually, it is melting away.  ::clappingoverhead::  I'm doing crunches and walking, both of which help.

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« Reply #10 on: Sat Dec 31, 2011 - 09:58:01 »

Do you have a funky fat storage place too? rofl

I said I don't have such a place, and it's true, unless you would count the place where bascially all males store their fat the most: the belly.  I was "9 months pregnant" in visual size, and now I'm down to about 5.  I hope and plan to completely abort it.  ::giggle::  I think I do have a little more belly-fat storage than most men -- it's quite rotund, and I dislike that.  But, gradually, it is melting away.  ::clappingoverhead::  I'm doing crunches and walking, both of which help.

Yeah! You're hardly showing anymore! I'll never forget after I had my first child, I ran into someone about a week after I had her and he asked me when are you due? I told him, last week.  rofl

I'm done 5 pounds in one month but I have to admit, I haven't been trying! I just cut back on some sweets.

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« Reply #11 on: Sun Apr 22, 2012 - 21:58:31 »
Wow, I caught a virus in late January, and it's still with me.  ::frown::  I was all gung-ho about my new fitness and diet regimen, and had lost weight, and had then switched to gaining some muscle before my future plan to lost more weight -- when this virus hits me and forces me to quit everything. The doctor says viruses are often a matter of months in duration, not weeks.  ::frown::  I actually never knew this.  So, it's a little frustrating, because I had FINALLY, for once in my life, found the true discipline, research, and follow-through to get myself more in shape, and it was working and I was feeling great.  Now, my new hobby is simply on hold indefinitely, and I feel slightly weak all the time.  Just can't wait for the virus to leave!  It's just that simple.  I'm taking it easy and resting, but how do you "rest" for several months straight??  I work full-time and have a wife; I'm not in a position to just sit idly and stare into the TV screen forever, nor is that very fun for me.  I had finally re-discovered my physically-active side, and then it had to leave as soon as it got here.  Oh well... patience is a virtue, and I'm keeping that in mind.
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« Reply #12 on: Tue Apr 24, 2012 - 19:47:52 »
If you're 5'7", 171 lbs. seems fairly good!  I'm around 6' and weigh roughly 185 lbs., although I've been muscle building programs so I've got a good 10 lbs. of fat to burn off.  I heard interval training is probably the best way to shed pounds and spike your metabolism.  And although I'm not advising this, I eat some junkish meals, such as the two hamburgers with bacon I had tonight.  I put in the work to burn it off though :)

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Re: On my way from 60 pounds overweight to normal!
« Reply #13 on: Sun Apr 29, 2012 - 09:19:10 »
musician_for_God...congrats on your progress. And boo to the virus! Leave now in the name of Jesus!  ::amen!::


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« Reply #14 on: Mon May 07, 2012 - 15:33:20 »
musician_for_God...congrats on your progress. And boo to the virus! Leave now in the name of Jesus!  ::amen!::



Thanks!  I'm actually feeling a lot better now.  While I do believe the virus is still technically present in my throat, it has been slowly (very slowly) but surely dwindling away, and now it is to the point of not inhibiting my energy level at all.

So, I am now gently coaxing my system back into diet control mode.  I believe the Lord was not pleased with my attempts to bulk up in muscle -- I'm not preaching, it's just a personal belief about what I felt from Him during the virus.  But I do not feel He has any objection to my reducing my weight to a more convenient level (my jeans are straining, and I'm tired of feeling heavy on my feet all the time).

As well as the weight loss itself, I enjoy the feeling of responsibility and maturity from "holding back" from weight-gaining levels of daily fat and calorie intake. It's somewhat biblical, I feel. It feels anti-gluttonous.  I think healthy restraint of one's appetites is a general Christian principle.  And my body always feels more "still" or "at peace" once I've gotten used to taking in less calories.

Again, since I still have tiny signs of the virus, I am reducing my diet very slowly and carefully, so as not to shock my system while it's still fighting what little remains of the virus.  I've gained 5 pounds since late January while not paying attention to what I eat, and while that is not bad at all, I do want to level off and then start in the other direction -- and to be able to button my jeans comfortably.   ::doh2::

(Wow, I wish the emoticons on this website covered all the most basic human emotions.  The above is the closest one I could find to embarrassment.  This one looks embarrassed, but means "sick":  ::sick:: )

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Re: On my way from 60 pounds overweight to normal!
« Reply #15 on: Mon May 07, 2012 - 16:06:16 »
MFG
 is this one good enough?  ::blushing::

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« Reply #16 on: Mon May 07, 2012 - 20:59:32 »
MFG
 is this one good enough?  ::blushing::

Ya, you're right!   ::smile::   I just wish there weren't so many off-the-wall ones, so I could find the basic emotions more easily.  There were just so many that I didn't see that one.

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« Reply #17 on: Thu Nov 01, 2012 - 23:46:02 »
I've found that the hardest thing about maintaining weight (at least for a while) has been getting used to declining food offered to me. It seems rude, but when I know a greasy bratwurst is going to be eating ME in the long run, I try to politely decline.

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« Reply #18 on: Thu Nov 01, 2012 - 23:48:26 »
I've found that the hardest thing about maintaining weight (at least for a while) has been getting used to declining food offered to me. It seems rude, but when I know a greasy bratwurst is going to be eating ME in the long run, I try to politely decline.

Absolutely! It's been hard figuring out how to be polite about that. Sometimes I think "eh, how come I can't eat what everyone else does?" and it only takes a few seconds to realize . . . everybody else isn't really getting away with it either.  ::frown::

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« Reply #19 on: Mon Nov 12, 2012 - 16:01:53 »
Is MfG not around anymore?   He was doing such a good job, it would be nice to hear an update.

If he's done, he should have a feast, and top it off with cake and ice cream to celebrate!  (Returning to old ways is probably a dieter's worst problem.)

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« Reply #20 on: Wed Jan 30, 2013 - 22:32:49 »
Everyone has his/her own perception regarding weight loss issues. I am quite health conscious person so i always try my best to spend a healthy lifestyle through eating.Physical workouts and eating are the core things to stay healthy and fit.Vegetables,fruits,beans plays a vital role to get the goal of fitness and weight loss.

 

     
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